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IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING WITH MOBILITY WORK

What’s the difference between mobility and flexibility and what can it do for your running? Lisa Buckingham speaks to two top trainers to find out

How often do you dedicate time to mobility work? The answer from most runners would be either ‘very little’ or ‘I have no idea what that is!’ But read on because focusing on your mobility will do wonders for speed, form as well as injury prevention. We give you the lowdown…

WHAT IS IT?

“It’s working on being able to move your body through its full range of motion but with control and strength”, says Rich Tidmarsh, top strength and conditioning coach and founder of Reach Fitness, London (r4reach.com).

“Good mobility differs from good flexibility; being super-bendy can actually be a problem if you don’t have the accompanying strength. You see it a lot in yoga classes – people who are very flexible but aren’t in control of the movement.”

With mobility work, you’re activating the key muscles for running in a functional way. “You’re on one leg at a time on a run, so you need to work on pelvic control; strong, open hips and ankles, and gluteals that fire up to support the hips and back”, says Rich.

“Moving up the body, you also need pillar strength in your torso to keep a powerful posture that keeps your energy going in a forward motion, rather than sagging over. Alongside the core, the muscles down the back of your body (known as the posterior chain) are part of this pillar strength.”

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This issue of WR celebrates how crucial, and inspiring, families are to every athlete. Yes, you are an athlete! I’m writing this in the middle of the school summer holidays; my training plans have disintegrated, our house has been swallowed by mess, and my stress levels are higher than I’d like. I defnitely don’t feel like an athlete! Enjoy the issue!